Underdog Chamber 2007

Systems and games that were in the Underdog Chammber for the MGC 2007:

2007 – The A+ year, with systems starting with ‘A’, plus some that don’t!

The Underdog Chamber 2007 – systems that displayed during the 2007 show:

  • Apple //gs – The Underdog of the Apple II line of computers. This computer will feature games running on an external hard drive, along with some classic disc based games as well.
  • Arcadia 2001 – A true Underdog console, ready to run Jump Bug and other games.
  • Astrocade (Bally) – Another Underdog console from the late 70’s, with upgraded video and ready for the show. I’ll be showing off The Incredible Wizard for sure!
  • Atari 7800 – The Atari system that lost out to Nintendo. Nearly the entire library of games will be available for this system, thanks to the Cuttle Cart 2!
  • Intellivision – The Intellivision system that was the true first 16-bit game system. A large portion of the game library for this system will be available, thanks to the 2007 Cuttle Cart 3!
  • Odyssey2 – The old underdog from the late 70’s / early 80’s, which will be show alongside the Philips G7400.
  • Philips G7200 – Europe O2 clone (of sorts) w/built-in B&W screen! I’ll be showing some games that can only be played on a Videopac system.
  • Philips G7400 – Europe version of the Odyssey3! This system has a built in Voice, and will be showing off many “+” graphic games from Europe.
  • Mac LAN – Six Classic Macintosh computers running Quake, which celebrates its 10th year on the Mac (it came to the Mac in 1997)! Minotaur may also run during the show as well. The LAN consists of 5 iMacs and 1 Blue & White Mac. Other solo games will run during slower times at the show.
  • Timex/Sinclair 1500 (ZX81) – This will be there running some special software from Ted, along with some cool games for this system, all in glorious black and white (and no sound either)!
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    Here is the summary of the Underdog Chamber 2007, that ran at the Midwest Gaming Classic on June 9-10th. I’m going to go over each system here, along with its ranking in popularity and comments from me.

    Note: Ranks are represented here by Green and Yellow bars. Longer bars = more popular systems/games, short bars = less popular.
    Green is ‘play’ interest, where people actually sat down and used the system.
    Yellow is ‘casual’ interest, where someone took more than a glance at the system, but made no attempt to use it or ask questions about it.

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    Summary of system rankings for the UC ’07:
    Apple IIgs
    Play
    Casual
    Arcadia 2001
    Play
    Casual
    Astrocade (Bally)
    Play
    Casual
    Atari 7800
    Play
    Casual
    Intellivision
    Play
    Casual
    Odyssey2
    Play
    Casual
    Philips G7200
    Play
    Casual
    Philips G7400
    Play
    Casual
    Timex/Sinclair 1500
    Play
    Casual
    Apple Macintosh LAN (Quake)
    Play
    Casual

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    Casual
    Apple IIgs – The Underdog of the Apple computers, at least that is how I see it. Apple let this computer die a slow horrible death, and the Apple IIe was the actual last Apple II to be manufactured. This computer was setup with an external hard drive, along with a small selection of 5.25 and 3.5 discs based games. The IIgs did reasonable well for the UC ’07 show, but the vast majority of people played the feature game that I put up, which was Arkanoid II. Most show attendees that saw this game recognized it on sight, at least those into the old Apple computers. I did get a request for a few other older games, like Crisis Mountain, but Arkanoid II was the hands down winner for this system.

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    Arcadia 2001 – A definite Underdog console if ever there was one. This system, as with last year, got the least amount of attention in the UC area overall. It was not terrible, it just did not get very much attention. The main game played here was Funky Fish, along with some Jump Bug requests.

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    Astrocade (Bally) – This contender from the late 70’s just couldn’t compete with the Atari 2600, and lost out before the video game crash of ’84. However, this year it did rather well in my area, with about half of the people that played it remembering it from their childhood. People played The Incredible Wizard, Gunfight, Galaxian, and a few others off of the multi-cart I have for this system. I would have to say that Gunfight got the most use, as many friends gave the system a try, and liked playing a game that was two-player!

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    Atari 7800 – The Atari 7800, a true underdog in the Atari line of game systems, did very well for a so-called new display in the Underdog Chamber. With the help of the Cuttle Cart 2, people had the chance to play with the entire library of games for this system. Games that got a decent amount of play were: Asteroids, Centipede, Dig Dug, Joust, Ms. Pac-Man, Ninja Golf, and TitleMatch Pro Wrestling. I got a decent amount of questions about the Cuttle Cart 2 as well, and the video on the system (updated by Kamino) was rather nice.

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    Intellivision – The world’s first true 16-bit video game system was the 2nd most popular thing in the UC area this year, as it was last year as well. The Intellivision, even though an underdog, is enjoyed by many game players – many of which remember it from years ago. I got a lot of interest in the Cuttle Cart 3 I was using to run almost the entire library of games for this system. People where just amazed that you could get over 100+ games on a cart, and I was happy to point out that it is currently for sale – but for a limited time only – just search through Google for Cuttle Cart 3 to find it! Popular games for the Intellivision were: Astrosmash, Burgertime, Demon Attack, River Raid, Shark! Shark!, and Tron Deadly Discs. Burgertime was the hands down winner of these game!

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    Odyssey2 – The true American underdog of the late 70’s and early 80’s, this system was running games alongside its European counterparts – the G7200 and G7400. While the Odyssey2 didn’t do incredible well, it faired better than the Apple IIgs, and it got a lot more people actually playing games on it than it did last year. The most played games for the Odyssey2 were Attack of the Time Lord, Frogger (most likely because it is something many people recognize), K.C. Munchkin, Pick Axe Pete, Puzzle Piece Panic (cool homebrew game), and the pre-release demo of Tutankham.

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    Philips G7200 – This Europe version of the Odyssey2 with a small built-in black and white screen did reasonable well in my area. I’ll have to admit that I was surprised by the attention it did get, which included a decent amount of people sitting down and playing games on it – most notably Frogger and Puzzle Piece Panic.

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    Philips G7400 – The Europe version of the unreleased Odyssey3 here in the States did okay in the Underdog Chamber this year – much better than last year. Part of this was probably the way I had the Odyssey2/Philips games setup – right in front of my area with some large cardboard stands displaying various Odyssey promotional material and the like. (Thanks to Marty for the Pick Axe Pete material.) Best part for this G7400 was that it had the Voice module built in (thanks RenĂ©), which helped show of some Voice games, as I did not bring the Voice for the Odyssey2. Popular games for this system are listed under the Odyssey2, with some of them playing with the ‘+’ graphics backgrounds on the G7400.

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    Timex/Sinclair 1500 (T/S 1000, ZX81) – This system was back again for 2007 with a new digitized part of the original aluminum iPod Nano commercial, running with wonderful black and white graphics on a 1MHz system with no sound. This system did not do as well as it did last year, mainly because there were less Japanese groups and those who remember the old Timex/Sinclair computers. Of the two Japanese groups that came through, they loved the thing! And, even though it didn’t get tons of attention this year, those that did give it a good look took some type of photograph or video of it!

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    Apple Macintosh LAN – I had six Classic Macintosh computers running Quake this year, which celebrates its 10th year on the Mac. Quake was originally release in 1997 by Macsoft, who ported it from Windows which had their version release in 1996. I won’t deny that I was rather amazed at the popularity of this game. A few hours after the show opened on Saturday, after gamers had a chance to buy things in the selling area, the Quake LAN was swamped with people. This game ran virtually the entire show, with very little breaks in the action, all the way up to closing time on Sunday at 5pm! This game setup also marks the first time I can recollect someone thanking me for bringing in a LAN game that they enjoyed! As for next year, it is very probable that Quake will return, but that is not 100% certain. I may try to have the OS X version next year (it was OS 9 for this year), if I can get the newer OS to run well on these older systems.

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